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The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world.  




Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series
World Series
East  Baltimore Orioles 3  
West  California Angels 1  
    AL  Baltimore Orioles 3
  NL  Pittsburgh Pirates 4
East  Pittsburgh Pirates 3
West  Cincinnati Reds 0  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Fred Lynn BOS .333 Keith Hernandez STL .344
HR Gorman Thomas MIL 45 Dave Kingman CHC 48
RBI Don Baylor CAL 139 Dave Winfield SDP 118
Wins Mike Flanagan BAL 23 Joe Niekro HOU
Phil Niekro ATL
ERA Ron Guidry NYY 2.78 J.R. Richard HOU 2.71

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win % GB
East Division
1st Baltimore Orioles 102   57 .642    --
2nd Milwaukee Brewers   95   66 .590   8.0
3rd Boston Red Sox   91   69 .569 11.5
4th New York Yankees   89   71 .556 13.5
5th Detroit Tigers   85   76 .528 18.0
6th Cleveland Indians   81   80 .503 22.0
7th Toronto Blue Jays   53 109 .327 50.5
West Division
1st California Angels   88   74 .543    --
2nd Kansas City Royals   85   77 .525   3.0
3rd Texas Rangers   83   79 .512   5.0
4th Minnesota Twins   82   80 .506   6.0
5th Chicago White Sox   73   87 .456 14.0
6th Seattle Mariners   67   95 .414 21.0
7th Oakland Athletics   54 108 .333 34.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 .605    --
2nd Montreal Expos 95 65 .594   2.0
3rd St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 .531 12.0
4th Philadelphia Phillies 84 78 .519 14.0
5th Chicago Cubs 80 82 .494 18.0
6th New York Mets 63 99 .389 35.0
West Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 90 71 .559    --
2nd Houston Astros 89 73 .549   1.5
3rd Los Angeles Dodgers 79 83 .488 11.5
4th San Francisco Giants 71 91 .438 19.5
5th San Diego Padres 68 93 .422 22.0
6th Atlanta Braves 66 94 .413 23.5



May - June

  • May 28 - Texas Rangers first baseman Mike Jorgensen is hit in the head by a pitch from Boston Red Sox pitcher Andy Hassler. Dave Roberts comes into the game to pinch run for Jorgensen, and Pat Putnam takes over as the Rangers' regular first baseman for the next month. Aside from a pinch-hit appearance on May 31, Jorgensen does not play again until July 1. After suffering headaches, it is discovered he has a small blood clot inside his head, which apparently caused a seizure and could have resulted in his early demise.
  • June 24 - In a 5-1 loss to the Rangers, Rickey Henderson debuts for the Oakland Athletics. He singles and doubles; the first of his over 3,000 career hits, and steals the first of his over 1,400 bases.

July - August

  • July 12 - The Detroit Tigers win the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, 4-1, on Disco Demolition Night at Chicago's Comiskey Park. Thousands of young fans swarm onto the field between the games, damaging the field and causing mayhem throughout the stadium. The White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game.


  • September 24 - Pete Rose collects his 200th hit of the season, giving him ten seasons with at least 200 hits. This breaks the record set by Ty Cobb.
  • September 28 - Garry Templeton of the St. Louis Cardinals collects his 100th hit of the season while batting right-handed. Having already collected 100 hits while batting left-handed, Templeton is the first player in history to accomplish this. He had batted right-handed, exclusively, for the last week of the season to get the needed hits.
  • October 17 - In Game Seven of the World Series, Willie Stargell hits his third home run of the Series to send the Pittsburgh Pirates to their third straight win over the Baltimore Orioles, to win the World Series Championship. Stargell wins Series MVP honors. The Pirates came back from a deficit of 3 games-to-1.
  • November 13 - For the first time ever, there will be League co-MVPs as Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals shares the National League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award with Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stargell is the oldest person to win this award (since broken by Barry Bonds in 2004. The Pirates have thus won (or shared) all four "Most Valuable Player" awards for the season (All-Star Game, National League Championship Series, World Series, and National League regular season). This is the first such sweep in Major League history (Stargell had won the awards for the NLCS, World Series, and National League regular season, while teammate Dave Parker won the All-Star Game award).
  • November 26 - Third baseman John Castino, who batted .285 for the Minnesota Twins, and shortstop Alfredo Griffin, who hit .287 for the Toronto Blue Jays, tie for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, each receiving seven of the 28 votes. The deadlock precipitates a change in the voting system, effective in 1980.








  • February 7 - Warren Giles, 82, president of the National League from 1951 to 1969, and of the Cincinnati Reds from 1937 to 1951
  • February 8 - Alex Gaston, 85, catcher for the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox between 1920 and 1929
  • February 8 - Art Williams, 44, the first black umpire in the National League, working from 1972 to 1977 including the 1975 NLCS
  • February 26 - Forrest Thompson, 60, left-handed pitcher for the Washington Senators in the late 1940s
  • March 2 - Dale Alexander, 75, first baseman who batted .331 in five seasons with the Tigers and Red Sox, winning the 1932 batting title, before an injury ended his career; later a scout
  • March 29 - Luke Easter, 63, first baseman in the Negro Leagues who had 100 RBI in each of his first two seasons with the Cleveland Indians
  • April 3 - Harry Simpson, 63, outfielder and first baseman who led the AL in triples twice
  • April 6 - Al Evans, 62, long time catcher for the Washington Senators, later a minor league manager
  • April 6 - Rudy Kallio, 86, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1918-19) and Boston Red Sox (1925); later a coach for Triple-A Portland Beavers and scout for the Chicago Cubs
  • April 18 - Lindsay Deal, 67, outfielder for the 1939 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • May 3 - Tom Jenkins, 81, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns in the early 1920s
  • June 17 - Duffy Lewis, 91, left fielder for the Boston Red Sox who starred on three champions and mastered Fenway Park's sloping left field
  • June 18 - Hal Trosky, 66, first baseman for the Indians who batted .302 lifetime and had six 100-RBI seasons
  • July 22 - Amos Strunk, 90, a center fielder for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox between 1908 through 1924 and a member of four World Series champion teams
  • August 2 - Thurman Munson, 32, 7-time All-Star catcher for the New York Yankees since 1969 who batted .300 five times and won the 1976 MVP award; 1970 Rookie of the Year won three Gold Gloves and batted .357 in 30 postseason games
  • August 9 - Walter O'Malley, 75, owner of the Dodgers franchise since 1950, during which time the team won four World Series titles; he moved the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and constructed Dodger Stadium
  • September 4 - Turkey Stearnes, 78, center fielder in the Negro Leagues who led the Negro National League in home runs six times while batting .350
  • October 22 - John Drebinger, 88, sportswriter for The New York Times for 41 years
  • November 18 - Freddie Fitzsimmons, 78, knuckleball pitcher who won 217 games for the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers
  • December 4 - Bert Delmas, 68, infielder for the 1933 Brooklyn Dodgers
  • December 15 - Stan Hack, 70, 5-time All-Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs who batted .301 lifetime and posted a .394 career on-base percentage, the highest of any 20th-century third baseman; scored 100 runs seven times and led NL in hits and steals twice each


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